Coppin State University is one of the institutions in the University of Maryland System, located in northwest Baltimore. President Maria Thompson is completing her first year in the office, and offers her reflections on Coppin and her year in her office.
On July 1, 2015, I assumed the position as Coppin State University’s 7th and its first woman president in the university’s now 116 year history. Chancellor Caret and I share the same start day. His was a reunion with a system in which he had spent many years; mine was a beginning to my new life in Maryland.
It was roughly this same time last year, April 2015, as I contemplated the decision to accept my current post as president of Coppin State University, that the unrest in Baltimore’s West side unfolded. CNN and other media outlets converged on Baltimore and showed the city and the location of Coppin’s campus in less than a flattering light. Fortunately, I knew better. As a graduate of Tennessee State, not unlike Coppin, an HBCU located in an urban setting, I knew the vital role of a strong anchor institution to serve students and the community. Continue Reading »President Thompson of Coppin State University—One Year In